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Survey For a Colonial Map #3

Hazem Harb

Tabari Art Space


UV Fine art print of acrylic sheets mounted on linen canvas on plywood

121 x 183cm

The first reliable map of Palestine to appear in the modern era was published in 1883. Copies of this survey that detail the names and locations of hamlets, wadis and hills, can still be found in the Library of Congress. A century later, information concerning Palestinian territories has been negated from Israeli land maps, the country became a terra nullius and victim of systematic erasure. For this body of work, 'Survey For a Colonial Map' Hazem Harb’s focus falls, in the Foucaultian sense, upon colonial ideologies and the erasure of cultural narratives, territories or information through institutions and systems of knowledge from archaeology, to geography, geology, and natural history. 

Born in 1980 in Gaza, Palestinian artist Hazem Harb currently lives between Rome, Italy and Dubai, UAE. He completed his MFA at The European Institute of Design, Rome, Italy in 2009. Harb was awarded a residency at The Delfina Foundation, London; Cite des Arts, Paris and Satellite, Dubai. In 2008, he was shortlisted for the A.M Qattan Young Artist of The Year award. His work is in the collections of The British Museum, Sharjah Art Foundation, Centre Pompidou, The Oriental Museum - Durham University, Salsali Private Museum, LACMA Los Angeles, Faurschou Foundation and Al Qattan Foundation among others.

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